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Boots fine with default VGA driver. After I install the graphics drivers and restart, I get a BSOD during boot up (error is irql_not_less_or_equal; don't have the other details at hand). I am certain that the proximate cause of the BSOD is the installation of the graphics drivers because I have reproduced the problem half a dozen times. (After boot fails, I have Windows 7 repair itself, which it does by restoring to a state before I installed the graphics drivers.) I installed the version of the drivers that shipped with my motherboard, as well as the most recent version (dated 3/10, I think) from Intel's website.
It's not clear to me whether I can install without UEFI. Basic system settings for my motherboard are only available through the "UEFI SETUP UTILITY" (http://download.asrock.com/manual/H67M-ITX.pdf). However, there is some indication that I can select whether to use UEFI when booting from the device with the Windows install files:
Choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot in UEFI Setup Utility > Boot > Boot Option #1.
I assume that's what you mean. I just looked for my optical drive in the boot list and don't recall whether I picked the "UEFI" version or not (or whether there were 2 options available at all).
Does anyone know whether there's a common way to tell whether I am in UEFI mode now? e.g., from inside Windows? In any case, Intel (and/or Microsoft) need to fix this bug, and I'm unwilling to reinstall the operating system as a workaround.
I've excatly the same problem.
Just to make aure I understand here... if I disable UEFI in my MB, I don't need to roll back 2291, 2321 will work, right?
If so, how can I disable UEFU in Gigabyte BIOS screen? I don't see such option there.
Any help will be highlly appreciated!
Thanks very much, kaze.
Just to be clear, as you understand it, my options are to either (1) install Windows 7 SP 1 and all other updates, followed by the graphics driver or (2) re-install Windows 7 without using UEFI? (I would rather not reinstall Windows 7, for the obvious reasons.)
This may not be the problem but I bring it up because it's happened to me three times when downloading from the Intel site. Check the size of the file you download with size listed for the driver. I've had downloads cut short. I'm sure if I had tried to load the driver(s), there would have been a problem. Two were BIOS updates and one was the graphics driver.
Had a similar issue with the ASRock H67M mATX / i5-2400 / SATA III Seagate / Win7 Pro 64-bit.
After the video driver was loaded the system would intermittently BlueScreen. I sent the mobo back for defective video hardware and received a new one. NO issues with the BSOD after the video driver is loaded now...
I'd like to say that this thread has been EXTREMELY helpful.
I have a brand new i3-2105 with an ASRock H61/U3S3 motherboard and everyone I went to install the Intel graphics drivers it would BSOD upon reboot.
My method to getting this working was to boot the windows install from AHCI as previously suggested, then installing the chipset drivers, rebooting, then installing sp1 manually, then rebooting, THEN installing the graphics drivers.
These steps are what helped me. Hopefully no one else has this issue anymore.
I had the same problem. I have i3 with hd3000 and nvidia g610m 1gb dedicated. You have to install Service Pack 1 for windows 7 (update directly from Windows update if you have licensed windows). Before you install SP1 you have to disable Intel HD3000 from Device Manager/ Display adapters (with right click). Next enable the driver and update it also with right click.
NVIDIA OPTIMUS DOESN'T WORK WITHOUT SP1!